Security Management

5 Common Mistakes new Security Companies make
Date: 11.04.2017
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The business model of security is fairly simple – you sell hours of guarding labour, quantities of system licenses, or amounts of certain hardware. The Canadian landscape, however, is littered with corpses of security and systems companies that died either instant, or slow and painful, death. Here are 5 reasons that account for the failure of most security companies, in no particular order: Short on Cash – To make money, you need to spend money, and in security, you need to spend LOTS of money to get started, to advance forward, and to continue growing. Starters of failed security businesses often lack the necessary cash reserves to pay for immediate and long-term expenses (licenses, uniforms, lease, vehicles, and administrative support […]

You and I care for guards (and their wages)
Date: 05.10.2016
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  A spectre is haunting Ontario’s Security industry – the spectre of Wage and Representation for its front lines. From CEO to part-time guard (faithfully holding Access Card) the issues of wage and representation are boiling in the hearts and minds of everyone. These are issues of fairness to workers, responsibility to the front lines, and of an industry suddenly realizing its own power and influence. My post titled “Who Cares about the Guards (and their Wages)” received a tremendous response. In the text below, and as a follow-up – I lay out the plan of how we in Ontario, all segments working together, can achieve the much-needed legislated minimum wage, and adequate professional representation for our guards, and ourselves. […]

Who cares about guards (and their wages)?
Date: 03.09.2016
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I don’t know where to start, maybe someone can help. I have been in this industry for coming up to 12 years, and I am yet to see any security association putting up a meaningful campaign to raise guard wages, or at least raising the professional profile of the guard….ASIS, IAHSS, IFPO and others…as the top echelons of the industry gear up for the ultra-posh, suit-and-tie ASIS 2016 Seminar in Orlando (entrance fee is $895 if you’re an ASIS member – hotel, flights, meals are all extra – probably all paid by the employer), the struggle of Ontario’s security guards to afford new backpacks for their kids this September, surely continues. I started as a guard at a slaughter-house back in 2005, at a time […]